Kedleston Hall; a show palace built to impress

Children sitting on the floor looking up into the dome at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

The State floor, which includes much of the house you see today, was never lived in by the family. It was built to wow guests with lavish details and luxurious surroundings.

Fit for royalty

From the mid-17th century, many country houses had a sequence of increasingly private state rooms which were used to accommodate royalty or other important visitors in suitably luxurious surroundings. These included an ante-room, a dressing room, bed chamber and wardrobe.

Show rooms

By the time Kedleston was built, the original use for each of these rooms had almost been forgotten in favour of use as formal ‘rooms of parade’.
These were opened up for parties, when guests would walk through and enjoy the furniture, sculpture and fine paintings they housed, and were viewed in a very similar way to how you would experience them today.

Luxury goods

The contents of the State floor represent a collection of the highest quality, and some of the finest examples of 18th-century craftsmanship amassed during the time the hall was being built, as well as fine examples of furniture commissioned exclusively for the house by Robert Adam for Sir Nathaniel.